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Anyone can find a room in any destination, you don’t need us for that. But not everyone can find those special places with a particular charm to them. That takes time, tenacity and a special perspective. We try to find places that evoke a “wow” when you open the door to your room, places you’ll tell your friends about when you get home.

The Wauwinet Inn  |  The White Elephant
The Cliffside Beach Club  |  Union Street Inn
The Century House  |  Sherburne Inn

The Wauwinet Inn
Wauwinet Road

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An acclaimed Relais & Chateau property (the only one on Nantucket), the Wauwinet is located about 9 miles from town at the northeastern part of the island and if you like inn accommodations, this would have to top any list. The rooms are beautifully decorated in country pine antiques and there is a gorgeous library, accessible only to guests via a key, with a fireplace, plump, comfortable chairs, games and of course, the latest books. Port, sherry and cheese are served there every afternoon. A veranda stretches across the back of the Inn facing the Sound and is an ideal place to curl up with a book. The Great Lawn, sprinkled with Adirondack chairs and set for croquet, lies just beyond.

Guests can enjoy the use of mountain bikes, clay tennis courts, Bocci ball courts and an intimate spa. The Inn has an extensive film library which you can enjoy in your room and they’ll even send along some hot buttered popcorn. In summer, complimentary sailboats, sunfish and kayaks are available for guests.

The Wauwinet also hosts a number of activities throughout the year like a lobstering cruise aboard the Inn’s Wauwinet Lady, a 21 foot open cruiser, a surfcasting expedition, a bicycle tour and cooking demonstrations.

There is a small intimate bar off the deck and the hotel’s restaurant is the renowned Topper’s (see "Where to Dine"). Breakfast, which is included in the room price, is served in Topper’s. Topper's Deck facing Nantucket Sound, is a favorite spot for lunch, a casual dinner or Sunday brunch, in season.

I experienced one of the best examples of customer service I have ever encountered at The Wauwinet. On one visit I awoke to take a shower and there was no hot water. I waited a little while and after it came on, I finished preparing to leave and checked out. When I arrived home I got a letter from the Inn apologizing for the inconvenience and refunding an entire night, nearly $400...and I never even complained.

Rooms feature Matouk linens, ceiling fans, bathrobes, Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, fresh Nantucket wildflowers and housekeeping service is twice a day.

While all the rooms are beautifully decorated, our favorite is the Deluxe Bay View Room. Great view and a little more space than other rooms. Don’t forget to get a ride in or at least a picture with the Inn’s 1946 Ford Woody Wagon.

RATES: From $230-$750 Spring and Fall, $500-$1000 in summer.
The Inn provides a regular shuttle service to town.


AAA 4 Diamond

“This ultimate romantic hideaway for a summer weekend is the best place to stay if you want quiet, say sojourners who relish small but elegant rooms, the exquisite dining at Topper's restaurant and the location, location, location, nine miles from the mayhem of Downtown Nantucket; other highlights at this gorgeous Relais & Chateau member, include exceptional service and a new spa" ZAGAT

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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The White Elephant
Harborview Road

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Minutes from the center of town and sitting on the edge of the harbor is the elegant White Elephant Hotel, a sophisticated luxury hotel with 53 guest rooms and suites and 11 garden cottages. Personal service, as evidenced by the high staff to guest ratio, is important here and it shows. The public rooms and grounds are meticulously maintained and the staff is ready to assist you all the time.

Most of the guest rooms have working fireplaces and harbor views and are decorated in bright, cheerful colors, stocked with fine linens and towels and cotton bathrobes.

The comfortable Library with overstuffed chairs and sofas is an ideal place to curl up with a book or enjoy an afternoon glass of Port with a selection of cheeses. The harborside lawn is adorned with comfortable white wicker chairs, the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon with a book.

The Hotel’s restaurant, the acclaimed Brant Point Grill, is a favorite spot for steaks, chops and lobster. Dine on the patio next to the harbor, enjoy the award winning wine cellar and watch the twinkling lights on the water. If you like salmon you have to try their signature FireCone Salmon, cooked in very unique way. Try the grill in the afternoon too when the raw bar is in full swing.

Our favorite room is the Gardenview Suite. It has a separate sitting room, great views of the lush gardens and a fireplace.

RATES: From about $650 in-season. Check their Hot Dates for special offers.


AAA 4 Diamond

“If you have big bucks to spend in Nantucket, surveyors suggest a stay at this top of the line hotel, a well managed property on the edge of town that's run by an accommodating crew; you can't beat the beautiful setting, especially Brant Point Grill (one of the few waterfront restaurants that overlooks the Harbor), but since the place can be a bit noisy on weekends, regulars recommend visiting off-season-the value goes up when the crowds go down." ZAGAT

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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The Cliffside Beach Club
32 Jefferson Avenue

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Begun as a private beach, The Cliffside Beach Club became a private club in 1949 where the same members returned year after year to get the same locker, the same umbrella and the same spot on the beach. The Currie Family bought the Club in 1959 and in the 80's and 90's added hotel rooms and suites. Its blue, yellow and green beach umbrellas are a familiar site to long time visitors arriving on the ferry.

The location right on the beach is spectacular and is only a short 15 minute walk to town. The Beach Club rooms, which I prefer, are set at an angle so that each enjoys delightful views of the beach and Sound beyond. There's something wonderful about falling asleep with the moon on the water outside your room and waking to the sun rising over the beach. The best rooms are the ones directly facing the Sound with a private deck that opens right onto the beach.

Rooms are a good size, @400 square feet and made to seem even larger with cathedral ceilings. The decor is pleasant, if somewhat eclectic. Local art adorns the walls and the color scheme is bright and cheerful. Bed and bath linens are very good quality and we slept wonderfully on a plump and comfortable bed.

The Club has a terrific state-of-the-art exercise facility that includes a whirlpool spa and steam room. In 2006 the Club opened a wonderful outdoor pool and whirlpool area. A nice touch for adults is that the pool is closed to children in the afternoon. Another recent addition is a private bar/cafe area just off the lobby for guests only.

Continental breakfast is included in the rate, coffee and newspapers are available for early risers. The Galley Restaurant, located on the property and on the beach, but operated by another party, is open for lunch and dinner.

What makes this place special is the feeling of tranquility you get here. Whether you are sitting in the Adirondack chairs in the Pavillion looking at the Sound, lounging on a beach chair or strolling the waterline, the rest of the world seems far away. Add cocktails at sunset and dinner at The Galley and you've got just about as good a day as you will find anywhere.

Spring/Fall rates are $295-$385, in season $480-$755 for Beach Club and Gold Coast rooms. Amex or check only.

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Union Street Inn
7 Union Street

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Union Street Inn, the only one of our Featured Properties to actually be in-town, is a beautiful circa 1770 inn with wide plank pine floors and 12 luxuriously appointed, guest rooms. Exquisitely maintained and gorgeously decorated, the rooms here (6 have working fireplaces) are among the most romantic we have seen in a B&B.

Rooms have private baths, Frette linens, Matouk duvets and bathrobes, Fresh® toiletries, bottled spring water, air conditioning, flat screen TV's and CD players and complimentary WiFi.

Our favorite room is No.3 ($199-499) A corner room on the first floor with a high poster king bed. Original 18th century natural pine paneling surrounds the fireplace. Spacious room in colonial red and parchment with over sized wing chairs in front of the working fireplace and an Oriental rug.

Second favorite is No. 9, the Queen suite ($255-$445) A second floor corner suite with a queen canopy bed, fireplace, and compact fridge. French doors open to a small sitting room with two wing chairs. Pierre Deux moss and ivory toile wallpaper.

Third favorite is room No.1, ($199-499) a Queen. A corner room on the first floor with a queen canopy bed. Original 18th century paneling surrounds the fireplace. Pierre Deux muted green and ivory toile wallpaper and an Oriental rug. Working fireplace.

Union Street is the only B&B on Nantucket to serve a full breakfast, they were "grandfathered" when the regulations changed. A delicious full breakfast, that changes daily, is served each morning on the patio weather permitting or inside and newspapers from all over are provided in the breakfast room. One day enjoy a scrambled egg omelet with fresh dill, chives, smoked bacon and freshly baked croissants, on another french toast made with Challah bread, topped with fresh berries, Vermont maple syrup and sausage links. Guests can also help themselves to granola, cereals, yogurt, orange juice, coffee and teas. In the afternoons home-baked treats, such as white chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts and carrot cake are set out for guests.

Owners & hosts Ken & Deborah Withrow utilize their backgrounds in hotel management (Ken managed the Royalton/NYC for Ian Schrager) and retail management (Deb was at Fiorucci & Henri Bendel/NYC) to create a boutique-style experience for their guests.

RATES:  $299-$599 in season. $159-$279 off season.

“Impeccable New England-by-way-of-France style.” CONDE NAST
"Of all the historic houses-turned-inns in Nantucket Town, this is by far the most stylish” TRAVEL & LEISURE
"One of 10 Most Romantic Hotels in the U.S". FODOR'S GOLD CHOICE AWARD
"This wins my vote for the best B&B in Nantucket" FROMMER'S

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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The Century House
10 Cliff Road

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The Century House is the oldest continuously operating inn on the island, yet its condition is so pristine you would think it was just built. Gorgeous wall coverings, freshly painted trim, original plank flooring buffed to a brilliant shine and a wonderful collection of antique furniture all contribute to an overwhelming feeling of comfort and contentment. An artist-in-residence program, started in the 80’s, has resulted in a stunning collection of artwork featuring island locations. As B&B’s go, this moves into our list of favorites.

I love the two patios set among gardens where you can enjoy coffee and a newspaper in the morning or a good book at any time. There’s also comfortable seating on the veranda…places to enjoy a private breakfast if you don’t feel like joining other guests at the communal kitchen tables. Single travelers will be as comfortable here as couples.

The location on Cliff Road is ideal, just a 10 minute walk to town, and a short distance from the beautiful Steps Beach and two of our favorite restaurants; Galley Beach, right on the water and American Seasons, just down the street.

The best accommodations have two things in common…..attention to detail and the personal touch of the people managing the property. Here you’ll find both in abundance. Refreshments and snacks are set out in the living room and on the veranda throughout the day. You’ll find a beach bag with towels hanging on your door. The Inn has WiFi throughout, but just in case, there’s terminal on each floor. All day, every day, you’ll find hot coffee and tea available in the alcove off the kitchen, and some sort of fresh baked goodies set out in the parlor – from cookies to macaroons to cinnamon swirls.  There is a huge collection of DVD’s also available in the parlor, along with extra beach towels and a library of books spread thorough out the house (inside, outside, guest rooms, hallways and sitting rooms) that rivals any we’ve seen.

And then, of course, is the “Berry Breakfast” - a charming spread that includes Gerry’s homemade oatmeal and granola (both to die for) a vast assortment of fresh berries, home baked breads, scones, muffins,
 juices and more.  Join the other guests in the lovely eat-in kitchen, or take one of the antique trays and enjoy your breakfast on the veranda.

The icing on the cake is that JeanE and Gerry, the innkeepers and Otilia, who handles marketing and reservations for the Inn, are fun and helpful, full of wonderful stories and their love for their “baby” is evident in everything they do.
Open May-October, the Inn features 12 rooms and 1 suite. Rooms are equipped with a desk or writing nook, a flat screen TV, a DVD/CD player, refrigerator, air conditioning, over-sized plush Christy Renaissance Egyptian Cotton Towels, triple sheeted king or queen beds, Egyptian cotton robes, feather or down pillows and Molton Brown toiletries (a favorite of ours). The beds are super comfortable and the shower has great pressure…. what more could you want? All the rooms are well appointed but Black Orchid, Red Dahlia, Daffodil and Partridge Berry are the most popular. 3rd floor rooms are smaller.

The Inn posts updates and photos on twitter http://www.twitter.com/chnantucket and facebook http://www.facebook.com/centuryhousenantucketisland.

: $275-$525 in season. Less in May and late September/October


“…classic styling is met with luxurious modern amenities…” ZAGAT
“Top Five U.S. Summer Inn Destinations…” FORBES

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Sherburne Inn
10 Gay Street

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The words elegant, gracious and tranquil aptly describe this beautiful year round inn, just a block from the center of town. The first thing you notice as you approach the Sherburne Inn is the meticulously manicured lawn and the beautiful rear gardens surrounding an intimate setting of Adirondack chairs. It looks so inviting and the reality is even better.

A stunning grand winding staircase greets you as you enter the Inn and pass into the parlor which serves as reception and host to afternoon sherry and cookies (this is a southern B&B tradition which we think is great) and morning coffee and tea. The parlor is exquisitely decorated with English wall coverings, antiques, furniture covered in rich fabrics, original hardwood floors and a working fireplace. Upstairs on the second floor there is a similar parlor, also with a working fireplace, that is ideal for curling up with a book, a pre-dinner cocktail or a board game on a rainy day. A collection of original artworks; oil, watercolor and sculpture adds an extra dimension to the beauty of the Inn.

Outside there’s a small porch with chairs and an umbrella and down on the lawn the Adirondack chairs in the garden. Perfect escapes to read the morning paper or your favorite book.

There are 8 wonderful rooms of varying sizes, but all elegantly decorated with English or French wall coverings, plush beds and piles of pillows, luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton linens and cotton towels, Aveda bath accessories, flat screen HD TV/DVD, complimentary wireless internet access as well as a guest workstation and printer to print your boarding passes and central air-conditioning. Most have 4 poster beds and all are Queens or Kings. Our room, #4 was a delight, #8 is the largest room, has a little balcony and a claw foot tub. Love this little blog on why their beds are so comfortable…..they go to a lot of trouble to insure you get a great sleep…and we did.

Coffee and tea are available in the parlor each morning from 7:30am and then between 8:00-8:30am a “Breakfast Basket” is delivered to each room. Each basket contains fresh fruit, yogurt, orange juice, and a variety of sweet tea breads. During our stay they were cranberry muffins that were absolutely delicious. Breakfast can be enjoyed in bed, or the breakfast can be carried out to the garden, sun deck, or enjoyed by the fire in one of the parlors.

Susan and John Daniels are the owners and hosts. Both long-time visitors to the island, they individually moved to the island in 2001 (the dream of all of us who love Nantucket), married and bought the inn about 4 years ago. They take particular pleasure in helping guests find that perfect restaurant or beach or boutique.

RATES- $275-$395 in season. Lower in shoulder and off-season.

AAA Three Diamond
Forbes 3 Star
“There are many things that make this inn the perfect place for your Nantucket vacation, but their unique touches are what make it different; its quiet, yet convenient location on the island, continental breakfast delivered in a basket outside of the room, and freshly baked cookies every morning exceed guest’s expectations.”   BOSTON MAGAZINE

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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